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1036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need a villain! on: November 25, 2010, 01:15:56 AM
Does the villain need to be the "final" villain? Because if not I'd say Persona 4 for the next-to-last villain.
1037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 24, 2010, 12:57:54 PM
Chiming in to say "Grab the PSP as well". Besides, "dead console" doesn't mean jack crap these days (even if it was one, which it isn't). Look at the PS2. Persona 3 FES, Persona 4, Mana Khemia 2, Sakura Wars...these all came out when the PS2 was literally on it's last days and they're all fantastic games I still play. Never count a console as out of the race until the very last disk is printed.

Also I'd actually say do not buy a DS. Save your money and buy a 3DS when it comes out next year.
1038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 02:16:25 AM
Ack, it's been so very long since I played the older FFs that I can't recall their stories in major detail (heck it's been quite some time since I touched the PSOne titles as well). It's a tough call. In terms of how I felt at the time of originally playing the game I would say that IV and VIII left the best impressions on me. In hindsight VI and Tactics stand out as the more solid tales Final Fantasy has spun.

In all honesty though I'd say Final Fantasy Mystic Quest deserves an honorable mention. The plot flows relatively smoothly with decent amounts of seriousness and comedy mixed in for a relatively satisfying conclusion. For an "Intro" RPG. Before you throw flaming spears for me saying that realize lashing on FFMQ's plot for lack of complexity is equivalent to barking about a children's story lacking twists. XD It's a simple story for a introductory audience. At 6 years old I thought it was fantastic.
1039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 22, 2010, 07:26:56 PM
I remember playing FFV and noting it is much more lighthearted than other Final Fantasies, but I can't remember it being funny. It's been a looong time.

Maybe I should come back to it sometime.

Then I have a single word that should jog your memory: Gilgamesh. XD
1040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 22, 2010, 03:03:16 AM
Nope, just the Etranger costume. Honestly having lame endings doesn't surprise me too much. That's kinda par for the course for NISA.

Honestly I haven't seen any effects from the costumes at all.
1041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: November 22, 2010, 03:01:10 AM
Eh, it kinda depends if you're looking for a rather melodramatic story or not. FFVI is pretty good on all counts but there's no denying the game can be a bit of a downer at times. Heck even the ending at it's "best" has some bittersweet moments.

Personally I'm going to be the vocal minority here and say that if you have to play an FF game again to go for V. Honestly I think the class system in V trumps the Magicite system in VI. That and typically I prefer light-hearted adventure/comedy > drama.
1042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 21, 2010, 11:32:24 PM
Lol, I just now got that costume. Finally had enough of grinding the dungeons in vain so finally decided to finish the game. Really easy when your stored level count is like 4300+. >>; Might try and do more unlocking later. I'm more interested in the alternate endings now.
1043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 21, 2010, 02:04:11 PM
I've found the "trick" you're supposed to do is wait until Floor 51-59 and find two things. A mirror and a zombie. Place the zombie in front of the mirror and wait until it's cloned. Kill it, then lift the clone and toss it onto the bones of the old zombie. Wait for a clone then rinse/repeat. Eventually you'll have zombies respawning as soon as you kill one, making an infinite XP cycle. I grinded up to about LV 168 before stopping.

Once at the 60F boss, trigger Unlosing SPD for practically infinite turns and kill the leader. Once she's down the dungeon ends.

I'm working on the "Mid" Dungeon now and the unfairness dial has been cranked to 11. Enemies level up based on what floor you're on. 1F-10F = 1 level per floor. 11F-20F = 2 levels per floor, ect. I used to only make it to floor 32-36F until I stumbled onto an Excavator shop item that boosts XP per kill. I directed almost all my hero energy to it so it now gives me +70% XP per kill. Sadly this only has kept up with the insane enemy levels until the mid 40F range. Then it's steam roll city all over again. XP
1044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 18, 2010, 02:53:21 AM
Has anyone found any HP chips for your Shadowgram? I've filled the cursed thing to the brim with every other chip but HP ones still elude me. XP
1045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 02:30:40 PM
Heh, PB actually has an interesting "exploit" that makes it too easy IMO. All you have to do is some minor dungeon farming (or get really lucky in the weapon shop) and find a Dark Knife (I think that's what it's called) and give it to Marona. As long as you properly maintain the thing with upgrades (and fuse it with something to give her healing magic) when necessary she and Ash can pretty much duo every primary stage in the game.

With a high-end title (not even one of the "Highest" titles) she can solo at average levels.
1046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 17, 2010, 05:56:57 AM
For some reason I never found SMT games too controversial or disturbing. Drakengard was much worse. Giant cannibal babies is creepier than anything SMT has ever thrown at me.

Way too freaking true. I'd forgotten about that game. Thanks for removing that mental block. XD Drakengard probably deserves the title for "Greatest Mind-Rape in a Video Game".
1047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 17, 2010, 02:11:38 AM
FF7 and beyond all had some decently dark/graphic parts depending on where you look.

*might as well wrack the memory for some brief examples*

FF7: In addition to the part you mentioned Star don't forget we got to see the full frontal view of a mutated human woman with an eyeball-breast not that far into the game (JENOVA).

FF8: How about the fact that you're primary power source for the game gives you phenomenal summoning powers in exchange for slowly eating away your memories until eventually there's nothing left; leaving you as a hollow shell that doesn't remember anything. (They never elaborate too much but in theory this means you could potentially forget everything. From what events defined your personality to basic potty training. And these memory deletions seem to happen in random order too.)

FF9: Now even 2 hours into the game...Princess Garnett is implanted with seeds that basically threaten to sprout inside her body and kill her as the "death plant" grows.

FF10: Unintentionally so, but if anyone's watched Spoony's review of FF10 you'll notice the cast makes a lot of disturbing choices that are quite dark when you think about the callous/uncaring nature behind it. "We just saw a village slaughtered by Sin? That's nice. Screw advancing our mission, it's time for Blitzball!" being the primary example. There are so many cases of the party unintentionally acting like villainous d-bags that it makes you wonder. XD

FF10-2: Rikku. XD *light-hearted sarcasm*
1048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 12:15:27 AM
I didn't think the battle system was too bad. Now the Title system on the other hand...*shudders*
1049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 16, 2010, 11:04:44 PM
Not sure if the link will work or not as it came from my NISA newsletter via email. It goes to the press release.


So...yeah...they're porting Phantom Brave again. Granted it'll be nice to have it on PSP I wonder how they're going to try and justify people buying it after they've already got the PS2 or Wii version (or both). I didn't see anything in the release that mentioned any new content, although with that strange new subtitle they've added I imagine there is probably at least something new.

So what do you all think about NIS pushing out this title again? Honestly if it's so darn popular that it requires three releases across three platforms why don't they just make Phantom Brave 2 already? XD This is starting to feel like NIS's equivalent to "Star Wars".

Edit: Strike what I said about nothing new, I somehow missed the line that says "This is the Wii version with additional character cameos."
1050  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 16, 2010, 10:56:25 PM
I'd also like to know when FF was graphic and disturbing.

Don't get me wrong. I wasn't saying FF has ever been "OMG hide the children's eyes! It's too controversial!" graphic/disturbing. But as other people mentioned there have been some things done with pixels that, if done with live-action where you see it actually happening in detail, is pretty damn sure to get an R rating by today's standards for "mature content".

FF4- Burning down a village of innocents, assaulting a child, violence against children (since you have child characters in your party and there's that whole "we can't show a child getting hurt because people will baw" thing in mainstream American society right now), child "death", Barbiccia (if I remember correctly she's "supposed" practically topless as part of the original design, but I might be getting my information crossed). I'm sure there are a few other things but it's been forever and a day and honestly it's not worth digging any deeper.

FF5- Can't remember a whole lot from this game as I played it less than FF4 (despite it being my favorite in the series). I do know that Ex-Death at least contributes two points to this. Predominately where he pretty much tortures Galuf into critical mode (which while pretty tame in pixels would probably look downright horrifying in reality) and also his transformation into the End-Boss could be considered some Grade-A nightmare fuel. Also the "child problems" crop up here minus the death element.

FF6- Really all I should have to say is "Kefka". I'm sure I could dig up other things but really this guy takes the cake. Multiple instances of mass murder and attempted mass murder. One particular where you get to watch every soldier on the screen die of poison. And I think there were at least 5 that they show. Imagine that as a movie or a TV program showing 5 people dying from poison. Hell "The Dark Knight" only had one and they did it off screen (probably to avoid a higher rating). Not to mention at one point he practically succeeds in his genocidal desires. Then there's the final boss form of him. Done properly if Ex-Death was Grade-A nightmare fuel then Kefka is granted Grade-S. Also the same "child stuff" as FF5. Also a minor instance of tentacle molestation. >.>

Again, not really saying that it's "more dark or disturbing" that SMT or most modern games/movies; but when you think about it and actually visualize some of the stuff that happened in the games outside of the realm of pixels it can be pretty darn graphic for a typical audience that has no preparation for the content within.
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